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Vista Home Basic: $199/$99.95, Vista Ultimate: $399/$259

For those that have been waiting for Microsoft's long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, pricing for the company's first consumer OS release since Windows XP in 2001 has been leaked. Ed Bott's Microsoft Report initially discovered that Microsoft's Canadian site had revealed pricing for the numerous Vista SKUs. However, later in the day, US pricing was found on Amazon's website.

For those looking to jump on the Vista bandwagon, here are the prices listed (full/upgrade):

  • Windows Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, $239/$159
  • Windows Vista Business, $299/$199
  • Windows Vista Ultimate, $399/$259

Even more interesting is that Amazon lists the shipping date as January 30 2007. The corporate line has been that Microsoft is aiming for a January retail launch for Vista. Bill Gates has even been quoted as saying that there was an 80% chance that Vista would ship in January. If this launch date provided by Amazon is any indication, Microsoft looks to be sticking to its guns as far as the January launch is concerned.

Vista means big business for Microsoft so it wants to make sure that it gets the launch perfect. The company has announced that it is investing a total of nearly $1 billion USD into the launch of Windows and Office and the latest build, 5536, has been well received by testers and the press.



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DON'T ASSUME THE DATE
By peternelson on 8/29/2006 2:34:04 PM , Rating: 3
I don't think it is wise to make any predictions about launch dates.

This is not from Microsoft, it is from Amazon.

Amazon probably heard Bill's "80%" statement, and thought it reasonable to assume Vista will be out January. If it isn't they just blame Microsoft for failing their "probably January" claim.

But Amazon didn't know WHAT DATE in January. So they hedged their bets by saying it'll be out by the END of January ie to launch BY 30 JAN (if MS meet their "80%" target).

Then Anandtech read it and think Amazon have heard a precise date from Microsoft, so it must be true.

Follow this story up. Anandtech CALL AMAZON and ask them the basis of why they advertise "30 Jan".

Either this date has some basis in fact or is wishful thinking.

True we would all like to know when it will be released, but knowing is not the same as wishful thinking.

Please investigate the basis of this report, and refrain from circulating it as fact rather than supposition until we KNOW how the date was derived, and by whom.




RE: DON'T ASSUME THE DATE
By rushfan2006 on 8/29/2006 3:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
Nah I can wait....I'm honestly in no hurry to drop another wad of cash on my system. The "real" OS isn't until SP1 is out anyway....so plenty of time for the first round of "I got it first" types to get the kinks out of it anyway.

Finally, if you were a gamer you'd be condition to the fluff that is known as the release date and wouldn't be phased at all. This is SOP for publisher's of most software, but especially games...they always give initially early release dates and I have to tell you about 75-80% of them never stick to the first release date.

Its all about hyping up pre-order sales for the retailer.

nothing more, nothing less.


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